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Free fundraising workshops for local artists

Free fundraising workshops for local artists


Artists and arts organisations of the Queenstown Lakes District can learn how to attract funding via two anticipated workshops this month.

Organised by arts advocacy body the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, the workshops will be held in Queenstown on March 24 and Wanaka on March 25 and include presentations by fundraising experts Janet Reeve and Anita McKegg of fundraising consultancy GivingWorks, as well as Glenorchy-based Three Lakes Cultural Trust board member Leslie Van Gelder.

Three Lakes Cultural Trust chair Bill Moran says the free workshops provide a rare opportunity for local artists and arts and culture organisations to learn how to achieve their funding goals in 2020.

“One of the most significant challenges our artists and creatives face in the Queenstown Lakes District is lack of funding,” he says. “The aim of these workshops is to not only inform and educate our arts people about what funding sources and options are available but to provide guidance on how to access them.

“GivingWorks has vast experience in this area, having worked on some of New Zealand’s largest fundraising campaigns. This knowledge will help to empower those in the Queenstown Lakes arts sector to develop a personal strategy to achieve necessary funding in order to sustainably continue their craft.”

The workshops offer practical advice on taking the right next steps whether fundraising as an individual artist or for a group. Workshops will focus on how to tell a compelling story and present costs to potential donors, as well as learnings from real NZ case studies. There will also be networking opportunities and a question-and-answer session with GivingWorks and Leslie van Gelder.

GivingWorks co-founder Janet Reeve says she is looking forward to presenting at the two events.

“It’s exciting to be joining creative communities in the Queenstown Lakes region,” she says. “We look forward to hearing your stories and helping you take them to the next level.”

Details of the upcoming Three Lakes Cultural Trust Cultural Fundraising Workshops:

Queenstown: Tuesday, March 24, 9am-1pm at The Sherwood.  
Wanaka: Wednesday, March 25, 9am-1pm at the Wanaka Community Hub.

Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-in, first-served basis – please register by emailing by Friday, March 13.


Janet Reeve (left) and Anita McKegg of fundraising consultancy GivingWorks.

About Three Lakes Cultural Trust 

The Three Lakes Cultural Trust was formed in 2019 to help facilitate the growth of arts and culture in the Queenstown Lakes by advocating, supporting and connecting people within the region to collectively build a strong foundation for a thriving arts and cultural sector that enriches community wellbeing and contributes to the economic vitality of the district. 

Trustees of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust are Bill Moran (chairperson), Carroll Joynes, Jay Cassells, Hetty Van Hale, Bob Berry, Leslie Van Gelder, Julian Knights, Abby McCormick O’Neil and Annis Somerville, with Sir Eion Edgar and Lady Jan Edgar as co-patrons.  

For more information, please contact:  
Jo Brown 
+64 27 235 8445

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